He's faced his own execution, been fingered as an assassin, and had guns jammed to his stomach and head. John Scully's remarkable career as a television journalist has taken him to seventy countries a
He's faced his own execution, been fingered as an assassin, and had guns jammed to his stomach and head. John Scully's remarkable career as a television journalist has taken him to seventy countries and enabled him to create award-winning news stories and documentaries for such giants as the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
In this extraordinary memoir, Scully argues with terrorists in the Middle East, dodges landmines in Africa, bribes the Vatican, and travels with Evangelical Christians on a bizarre mission to Jonestown. From Vietnam to Beirut to the present troubles in Iraq, Scully examines terrorism, its roots, and its reasons as he tries to answer the question, who is a terrorist? But Scully digs even deeper, exploring the disastrous effects of colonialism from the Russians in Chechnya to the British in India and the United States in Iraq.
Dramatic, deeply insightful, and often hilarious, Am I Dead Yet? A Journalist's Perspective on Terrorism points out just how little Americans have learned from history.
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"Blunt and funny. . . This satisfying journey is a sharp critique of modern journalism and a wise tribute to its continuing importance."
— Starred Review Publishers Weekly
"This book is a must for those concerned about the state of the media and the world. When it comes to revealing the history, players, and complexities of the history behind the news, Scully has carved out his own special brand of coverage that sets the bar high for journalists."
— Foreword Magazine
"An astonishing personal record of war reporting, especially war reporting, in "the free world" as the 20th century gave way to the 21st. It reads like a travelogue from hell."
— Winnipeg Free Press
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John Scully has been a journalist for almost fifty years and has covered stories in seventy countries for major international news and current affairs organizations such as the BBC, CBC, and CTV. He lives in rural Ontario.